2017 Avancemos Juntos Hispanic Higher Education Conference
Friday February 17 from 7:30am-3:30pm
Volunteer State Community College
Welcome to this seventh annual conference. It’s designed to bring together higher education professionals, secondary school educators and community members from across Tennessee and the Mid-South. We will share ideas, talk about challenges and discuss how we can work together. The focus of the conference will be outreach, access and support for Hispanic students.
This event is free and open to everyone. A light breakfast and lunch are included as part of the conference.
2016 Avancemos Juntos Agenda
7:30am-8am: Breakfast and Registration
8:10am-8:45am: Group Session
Tennessee Education Equity Coalition Update
Gini Pupo-Walker, Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth, Conexión Américas, Nashville; and Karla Coleman Garcia, Policy Manager, Conexión Américas.
An update on a statewide policy and advocacy efforts
9am-10am: Group Session
La Comunidad @ MTSU: Inicios
Dr. Laura Clark, Director, Center for Educational Media and Faculty, College of Education, Middle Tennessee State University; Dr. Barbara Young, Faculty, College of Education, MTSU; Daniel Green, Manager of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, MTSU; and Dr. Newtona (Tina) Johnson, Interim Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, MTSU.
The Student Engagement, Retention and Success grant entitled “La Comunidad @ MTSU works to build a new community for Latino students, strengthening existing support networks, both formal and informal, and creating new networks and relationships among Latino students, Latino faculty, non-Latino allies and university offices and programs offering support to underserved minority students in the Latino community. La Comunidad has offered opportunities for the more than 1000 Latino students to meet each other, to interact with Latino faculty and faculty allies, to participate in programs, events and activities with a Latino cultural emphasis.
10:15am-11:15am: Group Session
Hispanic/Latino Parent Engagement: Understanding and Addressing Barriers
Rubén E. De Peña, EL Family & Community Liaison, MNPS Office of English Learners; José Sauceda, MNPS Parent Ambassador, Overton Cluster; and Patricia Vivanco, MNPS Parent Ambassador, Clencliff Cluster.
More than 20 percent of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) students are Hispanic/Latino. Educators need to go beyond the traditional “International Night” with intentional and consistent efforts to develop trusting partnerships with Latino parents. This session is designed for educators who want to learn how to support families to overcome different barriers that Hispanic/Latino families face. A panel of two Hispanic/Latino Parent Ambassadors who have children in high school or college will provide their perspectives as both MNPS parents and MNPS Parent Ambassadors in guiding students through the district and to college. As Parent Ambassadors, they guide new families in their native language to navigate MNPS and direct them to district and community resources.
Noon to 1pm: Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kenyatta Lovett, Executive Director, Complete Tennessee
1:15pm-2:15pm: Group Session
Bridging the Communication GAP: Chattanooga State’s Initiatives to Connect Communities
Gladys Pineda-Loher, Director of International Community Outreach, Chattanooga State Community College; and Juan Antonio Alonso Santillana, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Chattanooga State Community College.
Chattanooga State Community College administration and faculty are actively engaged to try to bridge the communication gap between the Latino community and the general population in the tristate area. Initiatives include the Cultural Ambassadors & International Achievers, a mentoring program and network of local international community leaders and representatives, and the organization of local cultural festivals like Culture Fest in the fall and Latin Festival in the spring. Curricular initiatives include Bridges to Success, designed to provide a pathway to higher education and training for non-traditional Latino students and a humanities credit course- “Latino Cultures in the US”.
2:30pm-3:30pm: Group Session
Tuition Rates and Financial Aid for Undocumented Students
Christian Montgomery, Admissions Counselor, Western Kentucky University; Aimee Huffstetler, Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator, Western Kentucky University and Karla Coleman Garcia, Policy Manager, Conexión Américas.
Many are familiar with Tennessee state university and college policies regarding undocumented students. But the situation is different in some near-by states and at some private colleges and universities in Tennessee. Kentucky does not require citizenship status for determining tuition rates. The lack of a citizenship requirement means DACA and undocumented students and are eligible for merit-based aid.
Volunteer State Community College is located 30 miles northeast of Nashville at 1480 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, TN 37066. The conference will be held in the Nichols Dining Room of the Wood Campus Center.
From Nashville take I-65 north to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Blvd. You will travel several miles to exit 14, Greenlea Blvd. You will see a sign pointing to the back entrance of the college. Go left and then right. Use this entrance and at the T intersection take a right and then another left. You will see the Randy and Lois Wood Campus Center in front of you. Parking will be reserved for attendees in the parking lot you will be facing. It will be marked by orange cones. Go up the stairs to the campus side entrance of the Wood Center (near Caudill Hall). Take a left down the hallway as you enter the building. You will find a welcome table at the end of the hall. The conference is in the Nichols Dining Room, across from the Bookstore.
Lodging is available within two miles of the college. The Quality Inn provides a special Vol State rate.
Quality Inn of Gallatin
1001 Village Green Crossing
Gallatin, TN 37066
Hampton Inn of Gallatin
980 Village Green Crossing
Gallatin, TN 37066
For questions please call Eric Melcher at 615-230-3570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org